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it. it continues to decline, and it is a good time for the police department, and we are not going to stop until it continues to improve. president mazzucco: any other questions for mr. cashman? ok, let's go to line item 3 b. secretary monroe: reports of 2012 through march 31, 2011, and the adjudication for the sustained complaints in march 2012. president mazzucco: thank you, inspector, and welcome. >> good evening, president, deputy. i am fine. this evening, we will talk about recent activities first and then will go over the second report. the complaint activity in march
for the occ was as follows. from march 1 to march 31, 80 cases were opened, which are 14% more cases than were opened in march 2011. we opened 70 cases then. as of march 31, 2012, the year- to-date net open 201 cases compared to 189 as of march 31, 2011. this is a 6% increase in cases open your today it over last year -- opened a year to date them last year. to wonder cases were closed. as of march 31, there were 365 pending cases just as we do as of today, the same number of pending cases, even though over 30 additional cases have been filed since then, and as of
today, the 365 pending cases compares to 404 pending cases as of april 18 last year. with mediation, there were three immediate cases in march, or 4% of the case is closed. there are 14 cases, including one this month. looking at the sustained allegations, the occ had sustained allegations of 4% of the cases it closed, the same rate as the mediation right. in outreach, in april, on april 9, the police department invited the occ to make a presentation at the police academy to a delegation of four visiting justices from the highest court of one area. the chief investigator, an attorney, and i discussed the value of civilian oversight of
law enforcement, our investigation procedure, our mediation program and policy work. this also includes the informational brochure, and i want to thank the occ a turning -- attorneys for having that brochure translated. on the next evening, on april 10, i participated in a school of law, women of color collective mentoring event, where i answered questions about my career and the sec -- occ. these questions were posed by members of the collective, and that was quite invigorating. that concludes my report of recent activity, and now i would like to move to the report that was in your packet, and it has a
very long title, which inspector monroe already read, and i will go over the statistics which i gave to you, but i will briefly talk about the cases that were adjudicated by the chief that had been sustained by the occ, and the cases that were adjudicated were from march 12, 2012 to march 31, 2012. there were four cases. one case involving conduct, the report is called -- ok. in one case, conduct reflected misconduct with chewing tobacco and spitting, which the complainant complained about, and the officer was admonish.
in another case, an officer failed to inform the juvenile that the juveniles parent or guardian could be present of the interrogation in violation of a code. mostly comprehensive reports and companion reports from march 1, 2012 through march 31, 2012. the third case involved an unwarranted action finding, causing a vehicle to be seized without cause. the captain was admonish. and in the fourth case, neglect of duty, dealing with an officer and traffic. and that concludes the report. president mazzucco: a very busy two weeks. >> i did have a very busy two weeks, and it will be better when this cold is gone.
president mazzucco: commissioner turman? commissioner turman: what was the disposition of the last case? >> i believe it was an admonishment, but i will double back on that and inform you. president mazzucco: please call line item 3 c, mr. monroe. secretary monroe: item 3 c, commission reports. president mazzucco: we have had a busy three weeks. for example, last evening, we went to law school with cheese suhr, and there was information
about the occupy movement, and there was an attorney. it was incredible. there was a packed house. the press was there from pbs. and the part that i want to bring to you all, the most amazing thing, there was no complaint with the first amendment project about the san francisco police department handling of the occupy movement. in fact, something to be proud about, we are kind of a model. we are not uc-davis or berkeley or oakland. one of the reasons is we have a civilian oversight, and there was conversation about participation with the occ, and the checks and balances we have in place and that the officers tend to do something different. so i have to tell you, the chief was great. he made his presentation, and
the message was clear. we will do all we can to facilitate it. that is the policy of the city. but when you cross a line and start assaulting officers, there is going to be an arrest, so i think it was very well-received by the law students and the folks you were there. there was a comment made from the first session in the project that they had hoped things had changed possibly under the chief. that is positive and the good news, so that was well done. and that is what i have to report. commissioners, anything to report? ok, we will move into line item 3 d, commission announcements. lt. monroe, and the announcements? secretary monroe: one, we will have a meeting at the terrible district -- at one district, and that will be at 6:00 p.m.. i am sorry. that is april 25. >> and that will be with our
captain at the station, correct? >> correct. president mazzucco: and with items for further future meetings, i was hoping maybe we could schedule our next meeting in the tenderloin. she has a meeting regarding some law-enforcement issues that she is holding in her district, but i told her we would do it next month in the tenderloin. we are due to meet with captain garrity. commissioner: that is a great idea. president mazzucco: anything else for the agenda for future meetings? commissioner: this is not really adding to the agenda for future meetings, but i am wondering, inspector monroe, if you would print out a copy of where the community meeting notices are sent in addition to the website.
i know that before, the commission's secretariat provided that information, but in light of the comment we got this evening, maybe if we printed out where all we are publicizing and just sort of circulator and so that there are additional ideas, we can add to it and expand on our community outreach. secretary monroe: that would be great. president mazzucco: any item on line items a, b, c, or d? >> in relation to the occ report, i have one question. i read in the "san jose mercury news" that they have regular complaints on the police department's or from the department at large, complaints
against the san as a police department based -- based on force or without force, and i want to know why the occ does not label the number of complaints where the person complained about unnecessary force, versus some other complaint, and i bring it to your attention because as a taxi driver, wearing a taxi clothing, over the past 10 to 12 years, i have had two scuffles with the sfpd, where they used unnecessary force each time. the second one was in january, where they hogtied me and threw me around like a sack of potatoes when i did not resist. and i would like to know where or how we can get a report from you on the claims of unnecessary force in terms of how many of those were sustained versus how
many of those were not and how many we get on an annual basis compared to the center is a police department, what i have the record of right now, as a comparison on the peninsula, because i think it is a big problem in terms of the perception of the sfpd, when an officer uses unnecessary force, particularly in my case, where i am not resisting. i have handcuffs on. there is nothing for me to do, and they are still beating me up, and those are complaints that you get an any metropolitan area, whether it is new york city, boston, or san francisco. unnecessary force is a big item, and i would like to see it identified on a quarterly basis or on a monthly basis even in terms of how many of those were sustained or not sustained and examples of them. that is what i have. thank you very much. president mcczzu -- mazzucco:
any other further comment? seeing no further public comment, public comment is closed. please read line item number four. secretary monroe: number four, the awards committee recommendation. president mazzucco: it was, quite frankly, probably a very unusual day that we gave out some of the gold medals. to tell me a little bit about this process. it is a very interesting process. the only folks allowed in the room are members of the police commission, staff, inspector monroe was there, and officers to help a civil service rank of captain or above. nobody else can be in the room. at that time, there were presentations about the officers that would be presented with
valor. the officers are present. after the presentation, the officers are present for an eight questions which the staff and captain, and they routinely receive questions about how far they were from individuals and the thorough process, and then the officers leave the room. at that time, they pass around a box, a wooden box, and the command staff votes by use of marbles, bold marbles or sober marbles. a black marble for a police commission accommodation, and others, and then they tally the votes, and they need two thirds of the vote to win. is that correct, inspector monroe? it is an extremely high standard, and these gold medals are only given for extreme, extreme heroism. this time, there were four, so i have a list before you of those recipients.
if you take a look at the list, and i will just briefly -- actually, there are six gold medals, and there were six gold medals. there were approximately nine silver and approximately, one, two, three, four, -- metals, and the numerous marriage short -- meritorious metals. the silver and bronze were pretty incredible, officers pulling people out of burning cars just before the car burns up, bring themselves with the assistance of the public and a patrol special, officers involved in running gun battles where they were being fired
upon and they had to fire back. it is just amazing heroism, and the one thing that stands out, as chief cashman can testify, when asked if they had anything to add, none of them had anything to add. they thought they were just doing their job. if there is a list of questions of but any of these gold medal officers, we are happy to answer. commissioner kingsley? president -- commissioner kingsley: pres., is there something there? >> it is a formal ceremony wearing of presentation where the actual events are read to the public. it is a huge event and well
attended by the public and families. commissioner kingsley: right. we have attended those. for the gold, silver, bronze, maybe hire metals, -- medals, maybe we could list them on the website. >> i think that would be appropriate once they are approved. president mazzucco: i think it is a great idea. again, a lot of them do not want to talk about it. it is a light changing experience. they really were not too chatty about it, so it would be good for the families to know what they did. are there any questions? commissioner: there is a date,
and i am assuming that that is the date for which they are receiving the award? ok, that is all. president mazzucco: there are three separate incidents, approximately six officers, and these were running gun battles. i should add to it. a little bias i have, four to 6 where sons of former police officers. amazing. commissioner: i would move that we approve the medals. president mazzucco: any public comment? hearing none, thank you. please call the next item. yes. secretary monroe: the next item
is line item number 6, public comment. did i miss that? public comment on all matters pertaining to item 8 below, closed session. the public will comment on whether to hold item eight in closed session. president mazzucco: thank you, inspector monroe. ladies and gentlemen, this is about a closed session. any comments regarding are going into closed session? hearing none, please call the next item. secretary monroe: item number 7, a vote on whether to hold item eight in a closed session. president mazzucco::
>> we are back in open session. " roll call? -- roll call? president mazzucco: all commissioners are present. do i have a motion for disclosure or nondisclosure? second qwest at all in favor? any public comment? please call to last and final item. >> adjournment. president mazzucco: all in favor parke? so moved. thank you.